The arms: Minnesota increased LHP Joe Saunders’ pitch count by hitting 13 foul balls with two strikes in the count. … The Rangers continued to pitch well against Joe Mauer, a .322 career hitter. In the seventh, LHP Neal Cotts struck out Mauer to end the inning with the tying run at third. Mauer is 2-for-12 in the series and has only two hits in his last 30 at-bats against the Rangers.

The bats: In the second, third-base coach Gary Pettis had to hold RF Michael Choice because he looked for the ball while running from first on a two-out double to left by CF Leonys Martin. C Robinson Chirinos struck out to end the inning. … In the fourth, DH Alex Rios extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an infield single. … The Rangers gave up an out in the fifth when 2B Luis Sardinas was thrown out trying to steal second. … For the third consecutive game, the Rangers failed to work the starter for a walk.